Launch of the 2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding
Including the influence of commercial milk formula marketing
The three-paper Lancet Series on Breastfeeding addresses how the value of breastfeeding is wasted by government and public health, and exploited by the commercial milk industry.
The Series explores:
How baby behaviours are misconstrued to undermine breastfeeding, but multi-sectoral interventions protect its health impacts
How the formula marketing ‘playbook’ targets parents, health professionals and politicians and undermines the health and rights of children and mothers
How power imbalances and political and economic structures determine feeding practices, women’s rights and health outcomes.
The authors call for breastfeeding to be a collective responsibility, that is effectively protected, promoted and supported at all levels.
The 2023 Lancet series on Breastfeeding was launched with a series of global and regional events, including:
Held Wednesday 8th February at the Royal Society of Medicine, London and online
Southeast Asia Launch
Held on Thursday 9th February online
South Africa Launch
Held on Friday 10th February at the University of the Western Cape and online
A summary of the event is available on the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security website
Australasia & Pacific Launch
Held on Tuesday 14th February online
Latin America and Caribbean Launch
Held on Tuesday 28th February at Iberoamerican University (IBERO), Mexico City and online
US Launch Event
To be held on 18th April 2023